MA and PhD

Gain insight into what you might study as a MA or PhD candidate by learning what topics the Centre’s academic staff specialise in.

Academic staff research areas

Three eminent scholars offer supervision on a variety of topics. These topics include, but are not limited to:

Associate Prof Anna Green

  • Twentieth-century New Zealand social and cultural history
  • Memory and history: oral histories, public history, historical consciousness
  • microhistories 

Prof Richard Hill

  • Policing and social control in New Zealand 1840-1940
  • Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty-based settlement processes
  • Crown-Maori relations 1840 to present
  • Labour movement history in New Zealand

Associate Prof Kate Hunter

  • World War I
  • Gender
  • Australia
  • Colonialism
  • Race Relations

Master of Arts

The course of study for the Master of Arts (MA) consists of a satisfactory thesis worth 120 points. The Stout Research Centre offers MA supervision in the following subject areas: History, and New Zealand Studies. Applicants must have completed a BA(Hons) in the relevant subject area or in an approved discipline. Entry is usually restricted to those students awarded a first or upper-second class Honours degree although applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Intending MA applicants should contact the Director of the Stout Research Centre, Kate Hunter kate.hunter@vuw.ac.nz to discuss their plans. Applicants will be asked to submit a written proposal. This proposal should be a minimum of one page in length, and cover the aim of the project, methods of study, ethical considerations and resource requirements. All proposals must be approved by the Research Committee

Further information about the MA, including the Master's Guidelines, can be found on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' website.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Supervision of research for a PhD is offered in History, New Zealand Studies, and New Zealand Literature.

Intending candidates should begin by making informal contact with the Director of the Stout Centre, AProf Kate Hunter kate.hunter@vuw.ac.nz. At this stage candidates will need to supply:

  • Academic background information, particularly showing evidence of prior research experience
  • A curriculum vitae
  • As much detail as possible about the proposed area of research
  • Details of any funding which has been obtained or which is being sought, for example, scholarships.

Applications to enrol in a PhD at Victoria are submitted through the Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR). The Faculty website provides admission and scholarship application forms and information on all stages of PhD study. There will be three deadlines for all PhD applications to be considered.  The dates are 1 March, 1 July and 1 November.  Students may complete an application form and speak with prospective supervisors prior to the deadline, but their application must be submitted through the FGR and formal acceptance into the programme will be made after the deadline.

Information about the PhD can also be found on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' website.